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When we heard Karl Lagerfeld was going to be involved in the design of Sofitel So Singapore, our minds were racing with questions: would there be chocolate versions of muse Baptiste Giabiconi to take a bite out of? Would Choupette be luxuriating around the lobby, recovering from its strenuous private-jet lifestyle (and tweeting about it)? Would the Kaiser himself take centre stage near the entrance, giving side eye to anyone who deigned coming in wearing - dare we say it - crocs? So many possibilities…
Naturally, we had to use the opportunity of being in Singapore to walk by the construction site on Robinson Road, but in order to ensure we got all the scoop for you, we also stopped by its pre-opening office for a chance to sit down with the hotel’s General Manager and Director of Sales. Read on for more on what’s being prepared behind the building’s neo-classical façade, scheduled to come together for a November 1st opening.
We have a bit of a different version of Guess the Hotel for you today: rather than giving you a few clues about one specific property, we’re putting your hotel knowledge to the test based on the above skyline shot of Singapore for a game of Name The Hotel. How many of them can you spot?
From left to right, we have two hotels that share a common background, and will soon be connected by an underground tunnel. We then have one that will be easy to miss, two that also have a bit of a connection (bonus points for knowing the rebranding that happened here and how it relates to yet another hotel nearby that can’t been in this photo), and finally a cluster of hotels, some of which you could see by their name proudly shown on the exterior if you were closer. All in all, there should be at least ten to list.
Bonus points for adding what is just out of frame on the right, something we talked about last week. One more picture from the roof of one of the hotels can be found after the jump. To the comments with your guesses!
We’ve looked at both the death-defying pool and the gym-with-a-view at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, but since those areas are resident-only, what are your options to experience some of this behemoth hotel if you’re not staying in one of its 2,561 rooms? During a recent trip to Singapore, we popped over to find out just that.
Given its size and slightly outlandish architecture – three towers, 57 stories, and the Sky Park at the top – the place is hard to miss from anywhere in the surrounding area. No matter how many times we saw it, whether up close or from a distance, there were still moments where we looked at it in a seriously, who came up with that? kind of way. The dial really gets turned up to eleven during Wonder Full, the nightly laser / music show, best viewed from across the water.
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Last month, the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America became the second Radisson Blu to open in the US (after Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago). But one thing that sets this place apart from Chicago (and all other subsequent Rad Blus) is that it directly connects to the Mall of America, with its 530 shops, 5 major department stores, multiple food courts, indoor theme park, and 14-screen movie theater. If they want, hotel guests can even arrange for a personal shopper and bag pick-up to maximize the experience. Rates from $174/night.
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We've seen rooms designed by Bottega Veneta and DVF, even namesake hotels from Ferragamo and Versace, but now Karl Lagerfeld has once again been asked to transform a hotel, this time it'll be the new So Singapore.
The artist, designer, photographer, director and illustrator has turned his creative sights on the 19th century building that Sofitel plans to transform into their boutique brand, and apparently a fashion plate. The theme that the hotel is, rightfully bragging about encompasses native Singaporean flora and fauna while mixing the historical Napoleonic-era design with contemporary style. If all goes well, guests will be able to stay in the fruits of fashion by the middle of the year.
But what's Karl got to do with it? Read on to find out!
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It’s nearly that time of the year again: cards, flowers, candle-lit dinners, moon-lit walks in the park, and more-or-less crazy Valentine’s day hotel packages. We’ll give you a round-up of options to spoil your special someone with on February 14 soon, but before we get to those we’re throwing one suggestion in the mix that will require a little bit more planning (and perhaps slightly deeper pockets).
First of all, you’ll have to make your way to Singapore, more specifically Sentosa Island, and the luxurious Capella Resort. Once you get there, you’ll need $14,000 (S$17,999) for the “Eternally Yours” package, which you’ll burn through in one short, but hopefully memorable, night.
The 367 rooms are decorated in, naturally, greens and browns, with lots of natural wood to create a calming atmosphere. And while the idea is to promote relaxation, the hotel hasn’t forgotten core customer needs, so WiFi is included, and depending on the room category, Nespresso coffee machines, rain showers, bathtubs, and designer ergonomic chairs should you need to work in your nirvana.
Perhaps 2012 can be known as the year we were sweet on Singapore. From The Raffles to the original Shangri-La and all the boutique hotels in between, "The Lion City" roared through the year and continues to do so, as another grandiose hotel prepares to make headlines with its December 2012 debut.
This property, the PARKROYAL on Pickering, will be the flagship for the PARKROYAL brand (part of the Pan Pacific group) and is already bragging that it's "Singapore's first-hotel-in-a-garden." We're sure the Shangri-La's Garden Wing would love to argue, but let's humor the PARKROYAL for a moment.
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Staying fit while on the road can be difficult even for the most seasoned of travelers. Hotel gyms can be cramped, dark and soulless, not to mention outdated and hard to find. However, with features like open-air rock-climbing walls, on-staff personal trainers and Philippe Starck-designed lap pools, these five hotel gyms prove that getting a workout while traveling the globe can be the highlight of your trip.
Ok, we might be stretching it (get it?!) a little, but you see where we're going with this.
Believe it or not, the W Singapore-Sentosa Cove has opened, after only one delay! Originally scheduled to debut in August, the 240-room resort on Sentosa Islandjust a teensy ways away from Singapore's Central Business Districthas just barely cracked its doors open.
This marks the 43rd W hotel for the brand, and it's not about to shirk on the extras. Think a 1,300-square-meter WET outdoor pool with 24 underwater speakers, complimentary guest cabanas, a swim-up bar and a groovy "lighthouse" structure. Even Singapore's official flower, the "Vanda Miss Joaquim" orchid, will have pride of place as a running design theme throughout the entire hotel, inside and out.
When we wrote about high tea at Raffles Singapore a few weeks ago, we had no idea that the hotel was preparing to receive royalty! Apparently, while we were lusting over finger sandwiches and French champagne, the ritzy hotel was getting their best room ready for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge who arrived yesterday. The two are in Singapore for a few days as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour through Asia, celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 50-year reign. And, it just so happens the Queen also stayed at the Raffles during a March 2006 visit to the country.
If we were to wager some Singapore Slings (though we've read Kate isn't drinking these days), we'd say the couple will stay in the Grand Hotel Suite, which we've written about before and have lovely pictures for you to lust over.
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Ahh, Singapore, the not-so little City-State that is synonymous with uber-luxury hotels and over extravagance. In a city that seems as if buildings of a certain age a quickly replaced with ultra modern structures that are bigger and better than the last, it seems odd when certain buildings remain. Our stay at the Hilton Singapore located in the shoppers heaven of Orchard Road begged the question: What is this building still doing here?
Not the newest construction, it actually stands out from the rest of the glass and steel behemoths, the Hilton had to be hiding something special on the inside to keep it competing against the refurbished buildings up and down the high street shopping paradise. To our surprise it was, a very important intangible that many hotels don't always nail. Service.